Auto Systems and Repair: Clutch Pilot Bearing

Symptoms of Wear or Failure

  • Abnormal noise when clutch pedal is depressed
  • Hard shifting due to clutch drag; transmission input shaft continues to spin slowly when clutch pedal is depressed

Related Repair Advice

  • The clutch pilot bearing is often a simple bronze bushing, not an actual bearing
  • The pilot bearing should be replaced whenever the clutch assembly is replaced
  • Failure to use a clutch aligning tool can result in damage to the pilot bearing upon re-installation of the transmission